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Now i’m back home things have calmed down and the excitement of the Atlantic crossing are but just a memory, It’s holiday time now and my two boys are both home, one from university and one from school.
Now all the separate breaks are over we decided to spend a day together, we didn’t want to go far and my wife didn’t fancy driving so we jumped on a bus and headed down to Greenwich.
Some local old buildings and boats.
Here you can see the old working docks, now nice flats. You can just make out ‘The Emirates Air Line’ or cable car to most of us, and ‘The O2’ the Dome.
The O2 from the cable car. You can also see the walkway over the dome, My wife and boys walked over this later, I couldn’t due to my arms not having the strength to pull me along.
Looking back at the cable car from the top of the dome.
Another view towards the city.
There is a lot of building work going on in the area and a lot of waste land, one great use of waste land, build a golf driving range, a very nice place but £5.00 for a glass of coke poured out of a £1.20 bottle into a plastic glass was a bit excessive.
There are loads of restaurants and bars in the O2 so its a great place to finish up and if no big event is on its not busy at all.
I hope everyone has had a great Christmas and the hangovers aren’t to severe, I’m posting today because I’m off to work tomorrow and don’t know when I’ll be back, I hope you all have a great new year eve. I’ll post again in the new year.
R.I.P Lee Rigby
On a drive to collect parts for Hank (see last post) I drove through Woolwich and pasted the spot where Lee Rigby was murdered by two cowardly nutters, I was meaning to drive down and visit the spot but sort of felt a bit uncomfortable , like I was intruding or something, now I wished I had, this shot I took out the window while driving past, it shows a small amount of the tributes left by people from all over the country and even abroad to this brave young lad.
Have a great weekend.
Thanks everyone, I’ll try to keep it up.
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Just like to wish you all a great Christmas break, thank you all for the Likes and Comments throughout the year.
This is my first Christmas at home for a long time so I’m really looking forward to it.
I’ll post again sometime soon.
Just went and got some last bits for Christmas, while the wife was food shopping I made my way to the booze aisle and found some Ale’s, some of these are very close to my heart, and liver.
Thought I would share some of them with you, those of you that have been to the UK may know some and even sampled some, but the rest of you will just have to take my word that we actually drink this stuff.
All photos taken with my iPhone 5 and Camera+
Not a very Christmasy one.
Feet get in a Tangle after to many.
Also make Tea.
Riggwelter is a sheep that can’t get back on it’s feet, just like me after to many of these.
The Pride of London (some think so)
It’s the only time I attempt to dance is after some of these.
Say no more.
Sorry I haven’t posted for a while, you see this guy has been keeping me busy, some of you may be aware that my wife is in NZ as part of her birthday, seeing family and friends.
Well the other day Archie decided to rip up the floor in our kitchen, this was laid only a month ago so I wasn’t too happy, now I thought I better get this sorted before my wife gets home because she will think it was me having raging parties, now I can’t tell you what I have done because I think my wife might look at this blog every now and then, but it has been a lot of hard work and i’m only half way through, but I think she will be pleased.
I’m now finished for today, it’s friday night, party time. Have a great weekend.
As some of you may know I work away from home a lot of the time, and although its always difficult to be away from my lovely wife and two great sons, today is even more difficult. You see, today is my wife’s birthday, and its a big one, now I can’t tell you how young she is, it’s not my place, and she would kill me.
However as I’m in Israel at the moment and some may of heard of the Bahai Gardens in Haifa, these gardens are absolutely beautiful, they have flowers from all over the world, some very rare, some very colourful, some that are just incredible, all of which remind me of my wife.
But this is what caught my eye on the way to the gardens, this sculpture, it’s been around for a while, it’s a bit over grown, showing signs of wear and tear, but I love it.
Happy birthday darling.
It’s been a very busy week, but I think I’ve caught up for now.
Here is a few shots taken with my iPhone on my travels home last week.
This is what I had to leave behind on the rig.
Over the British country side.
Looking up the Thames towards the North, you can make out Tower Bridge, the London Eye and the ‘Shard’, Europe’s tallest building.
If you have ever heard of London Gin, this is my take on it, London through a Gin.
Have a great weekend.
Yesterday I took the kids to The Reach it’s a climbing wall complex, looks really good with 750 square meters of rope climbing and up to 450 square meters of bouldering, when we arrived we had to go through the normal HSE stuff, but when it came to actually climbing we couldn’t do it unless the kids could tie themselves off, so I asked if they could do the training to learn that skill, yes but it’s £35.00 each, I said thats ok I’ll pay, Oh but it’s a two day course next week, ok i said can i book them in, yes but only if an adult is with them, ok I said I’ll join to, oh ok I will have to check if you can? 10 mins later we started all over again with another person, eventually we paid a registration fee and admission and the kids were allowed to go bouldering only, while they were having fun I filled out forms, my son’s girlfriend had to ring her mum to get permission. I talked to the admin person and told her they had all been climbing before at the ‘Cave’ (Another rock climbing place) and that we came here because the Cave had closed, she told me the Cave was going to re-open and maybe we should go back there. Now I understand about HSE and all that, and I understand they have to cover themselves if anything goes wrong but throughout the whole time we were there it felt like they did not what us to join, If they just put up a sign saying 18 years and over it would of been so much easier.
Rant over, to cool down we had a walk along the Thames and found this.
The MV Royal Iris is a twin screw, diesel-electric, former Mersey Ferry. The vessel was built by William Denny & Brothers of Dumbarton (Yard No. 1448) and launched in December 1950, costing £256,000.
Her engines were produced by Ruston & Hornsby Metropolitan-Vickers. Propulsion: 4 oil 4SA, each six cylinders driving four generators, each 300 kW/300v DC-connected to two electric motors, each 730shp and 2 shafts. Her maximum speed is 12 knots. Her weight is 1,234 gross tonnes. She is 159 feet long and 48 feet wide, with a draught of 9 feet.
The Royal Iris ran her trials on the Skelmorlie Mile on the River Clyde on 24 April 1951. Arriving in the River Mersey on 28 April 1951, she was initially owned and operated by Wallasey Corporation and carried the Borough coat of arms on the front of her superstructure. Upon entering service on 5 May 1951, she was licensed to carry 2,296 passengers on normal ferry duties, or 1,000 for cruising. Originally painted in a green and cream livery, the ship was distinctive in having a forward dummy funnel near her bridge and two exhaust stacks amidships, on both sides. Onboard amenities included a dancefloor and stage, tea room, buffet, cocktail bar, even a fish and chip saloon. The latter likely affording the Royal Iris the nickname “the fish and chip boat”.
On Friday 7 September 1951 the battleship HMS Duke of York was under tow on her way to being broken up at Gareloch when she collided with the Royal Iris off Gladstone Dock. The Royal Iris was temporarily out of control and the floodtide carried her against the warship. The ferry was approaching the end of a cruise organised by the Amalgamated Engineering Union. Some people were hospitalised as a result of the accident.
In 2002 the vessel was towed to a berth on the River Thames near Woolwich, awaiting a possible refit as a floating nightclub.
On Saturday, 6 February 2010, it was reported that Police and the RNLI had been called out to her berth on the River Thames, near Woolwich, after a passing vessel noticed she had taken on water up to her passenger deck. At the present time, it is unclear how long she has been in this state. There was evidence found to suggest that squatters had been living on board. Also found on board were various items of drug paraphernalia.
The Kid’s though the sign ‘LADIES POWDER ROOM’ was so cool.
Both taken with my iPhone 4 with Camera+